'Cheyenne Spirit' by janetb

'Cheyenne Spirit'

I resisted for a few days but finally gave in to the urge to make some pictures of these beautiful blooms. I thought I’d just popped a couple of 'Cheyenne Spirit' echinaceas into the kitchen garden to replace the fading tomato plants. I never dreamed those sprightly coneflowers would produce such an abundance of joy as would weaken my resolve to take a photography break.

Each day, their showy, yellow-orange petals perched proudly atop tall, sturdy stems drew me in close where my intense gaze lavished upon their every detail the attention it deserved. With autumn nearing, gaps left by the first fallen leaves had evening light peeking through our very recently dense old oaks; and I’m happy I gave in. The camera felt good in my hands again.

This experience led me to ponder the idea of intuitive photography, and a quick search led to link after link on the subject. At last! My inclination to photograph with the heart rather than the head has a name. How freeing it feels to simply aim my lens without judgment at that which makes my heart sing!

HOW JOY WORKS
by Jan Richardson

You could not stop it
if you tried—
how this blessing
begins to sing
every time it sees
your face,
how it turns itself
in wonder
merely at the mention
of your name.

It is simply
how joy works,
going out to you
when you least expect,
running up to meet you
when you had not thought
to ask.
Absolutely stunning!
September 21st, 2020  
An instant FAV! So beautiful. SO happy to see a post from you. I trust all is well with your family.
September 21st, 2020  
So nice to see you pop in and post a picture, Janet. Beautiful shot and I love the poem.
September 21st, 2020  
Nice focus!
September 21st, 2020  
Beautiful shot . Nice to see you again
September 21st, 2020  
wonderful bokeh.
September 21st, 2020  
Lovely shot
September 21st, 2020  
Beautiful!
September 21st, 2020  
Was tickled to see you had posted and not left completely. This is delightful the way you composed it. And what a neat poem.
September 22nd, 2020  
Beautifful!!! Fav
September 22nd, 2020  
Such a beautiful surprise to be scrolling through my feed and see that you have blessed us with another one of your beautiful photos, words and poem. Janet you have brought sunshine to my day!

It was so lovely to see you had stopped by and commented on one of my photo's, but such a delight to see you added one of your own for us all to enjoy!

Has your little bundle of joy arrived yet? I bet it is not long before you are blessed with their arrival :)
September 22nd, 2020  
This is so beautiful - the dof is perfect. And I loved the poem.
September 22nd, 2020  
Hello Janet. What a delight that you came back for a visit and I am so glad that you picked up your camera and went with your instinct. Such a delight to see these high spirited flowers with the glittering bokeh. Thank you so much too, for visiting my project and engaging with the day's post. It was a real treat to see your name crop up.
September 22nd, 2020  
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